Staff Spotlight: Marcie Schumert

On November 29, 2017, in Career Insight, Staff Profile, by Walker News

Marcie Schumert, Asst. Director Career Development

Marcie Schumert is Assistant Director for Career Development in the Webster University Career Planning & Development Center. Marcie works closely with all Walker School students, providing guidance and advice related to career management, job search techniques, interview skills and more. She is available to meet via appointment or during her drop-in hours in the EAB Edward Jones Commons on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: The hobby I spend the most time on is running. I enjoy training for and running races ranging from 5k’s to marathons. I just completed the Chicago Marathon in October! The thing I like most about running is that I get out what I put in – the better I train, the better I race!

Q: What would you tell a student who doesn’t know what they should do after college?

A: I encourage students who are unsure about the future to take small actions to make connections and gain experience. For example: conduct an informational interview with someone working in a field of interest, attend a career/internship fair to meet new employers and learn about opportunities, learn something new through a Webster course or a Lynda.com tutorial, or take career assessments through the Career Planning & Development Center to receive some objective information on possibilities.

Q: What key advice to you give students before an interview?

A:Know your audience. In other words, do your research on the employer and reflect on how your knowledge and experiences align with their needs. Resources like the company website, certain Library databases, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor are useful to learn about the company’s products/services, strengths, opportunities, and approach to interviewing. When you understand your audience, you can more confidently offer clear examples of how you will contribute your knowledge and skills. Plus, the research will help you develop questions you want to ask the interviewer, which is essential to demonstrate your curiosity and interest.

Q: Anything else about you that is interesting?

A: Practice interviews with students are my favorite type of appointment! Practice interviews offer students a chance to run through a mock interview and develop interviewing skills. Yes, they can be nerve-wracking; however, they’re great learning experiences. What I love about practice interviews is the opportunity to hear our students’ stories and learn about their experiences in more depth. Every student’s path is unique and a practice interview just might be the step that helps the student obtain an internship or job offer to take that path further or in a new direction.

Student Spotlight: Kyle Borah

On November 15, 2017, in Student Profile, Uncategorized, by Walker News

Kyle Borah, a junior here at Webster University, is studying to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Cybersecurity. He is originally from Oakville, Missouri.

Kyle’s remarkable story is about how he has overcome many obstacles in order to study at the Walker School. When Kyle was younger, he developed a degenerative eyesight condition that resulted in having vision impairments for the rest of his life. The immense amount of determination that Kyle exudes has propelled him to “never take no as an answer” by proving many people “who don’t see the whole picture” wrong for thinking he couldn’t achieve a college degree.

Kyle’s earned an asDigital studentsociate’s degree from St. Louis Community College before transferring to Webster University in the spring 0f 2017. He describes his criteria for selecting a university as one with quality professors in his program of interest, a straightforward admittance process, and a campus that would work with his accommodations. He found all three at Webster University. In fact, he describes his first encounters with Webster University as setting “a perfect tone from the beginning.”

While in high school, Kyle attended a series of summer camps that were hosted by the Lighthouse Foundation for the Blind, some of which took place on Webster University’s home campus. The summer camps were designed to prepare students for adapting to life at college, such as how to do laundry, how to navigate around campus, and other tasks that many take for granted as part of an already difficult transition from high school to college.

Kyle wasn’t originally planning to study math and computer science, but a self-evaluation about the future of the work force and his own interest in computer courses in high school convinced him to pursue it. Kyle is fascinated with the forces at play in the “digitalized and automatized” and “increasingly efficient” world in which people and the government need to be safe. “We can handle this [digitalization] if we have a security framework in place and correct information.”

Those are exactly the needs Kyle intends to meet in his career. He says, “I’m excited about the future but there are hurdles, and I will help us [society] get over them.” and “just because Equifax was hacked doesn’t mean all privacy and security is lost.” But he warns that people and the government, must work together to be proactive rather than reactive in their actions to be secure. Kyle understands that a dire need for this precaution is in medical technologies. He has personal experience with recovering from security threats on a grandmother’s smart insulin pump. No matter the sector of cybersecurity that Kyle may work in, he will bring a lifetime commitment to being a force to help people be safe, and in the cases of security compromises, to help people recover.

In order to make his pathway to a career possible, Kyle reports receiving a lot of vital assistance from the Academic Resource Center at Webster University and his professors. “The ARC does amazing work,” which is evident in their actions to make every single textbook text-to-speech compatible. “Erin Davis (Assistive Technology Specialist) once had to to scan an entire book and enter in the equations by hand.” Thanks to the work of the ARC, Kyle has every single up-to-date version of all of his textbooks.

In addition, the professors have made great in-class accommodations for Kyle. “We find out what works for me as well as the professors and together we make it work.” Kyle needs to begin planning for upcoming semester courses far earlier than other students, and he subtly chuckled when discussing students who wait to register for courses until the break leading up to semester. Kyle was happy to note that now, any student with vision impairments will be able to utilize the math materials he used.

Kyle wishes to leave readers and fellow students with a few pieces of advice. “You should always have your outlets. Give yourself relaxation such as games, hanging out with friends, etc. to get you through your degree.” For fellow students with disabilities, Kyle has key advice: “Never take no for an answer, typically you will be dealing with people that have their own experiences of ability, and we have ours. They just don’t see the whole pictures and are inclined to easily say no. But I’m here to tell you that with the right tools and assistance, it can be done.” Kyle ends with, “I’m my own advocate in really knowing what I need in adapting to the change in not only technology but also my vision level.”

On behalf of the Walker School, we are honored to have such an incredible student representing the University and making an impact here. Congratulations Kyle!

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Nick Frank, Walker School Department Assistant

Nick Frank, Walker School Department Assistant

Nick Frank recently joined the Walker School as Department Assistant for the Walker School. He serves as the Walker School liaison to key Webster University offices and departments in regards to logistics and planning operations in the East Academic Building (EAB).  We asked Nick to answer a few questions to help us get to know him a little better:

Q: What will students see you doing at the Walker School?

A: Students will usually see me roaming the building. I’ll be messing with furniture, checking a classroom’s marker stock, coordinating repairs with facilities, or wearing a tacky tie on Tuesdays. (Doesn’t everyone celebrate Tacky Tie Tuesday?)

 

Q: What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

A. I’m a former Olympic figure skater. No, I’m kidding, hah. No way. But I can beat almost anyone in ping-pong. Also, in preschool, a kid stabbed me in the eye with a pen. I’m fine though.

 

Q: What advice do you have for students?

A. If you find yourself unable to find good work with your degree, go back to school and get another. Before you graduate, do some active networking with professionals in your desired field. It will help you a lot! It’s not what you know; it’s who you know (technically it’s “whom” you know). Is saying “work hard in school” to a bunch of students cliché? Yup. But a lot of cliché advice is good, such as “Eat your vegetables” or “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.” Also, buy a three-bed, two-bath home and collect rent from some friends who clean when they’re bored.

 

Robin Bolme, BS Information Management with a minor in Psychology and Criminology, completed an internship at Fiat Chrysler this summer – leading to a full-time position upon her graduation at the Walker School. Below she answers questions about her internship and her experience at the Career & Internship Fair where she spoke with Fiat Chrysler.  

Q: What is your major and was it relevant to your internship position?

Robin Bolme

A: I am a senior studying Information Management which is a combination of computer science and management. I’ve always had a hard time finding internships because they want either a management or computer science major. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA, sought a candidate that had both of this skills it was a perfect fit.

Q: Where did you first learn and interact with Fiat?

A: I had a really bad headache on the day of the internship fair. But something convinced me I needed to go so I made a quick resume update and went. The first and only company I talked with at the Career Planning & Development Fall Internship Fair was FCA. After our conversation I knew I didn’t need to talk to anyone else because it went so well. I stared the conversation by explaining my skill set combination and the recruiter said it would be a perfect fit. He then mentioned that he wished he had a psychology background to better understand the customer. I have a psychology minor, it was perfect.

I got a call for an on-campus interview later that day and the interview went so well. They said they would let me know in a couple of weeks about a hiring decision. So, I was very surprised when I got a call from the recruiter. I left class to answer and they offered me the internship on the spot because there were some candidates they were certain about. I went back to class beaming and tried to contain my excitement until it was over. I called my mom and said I would spend the summer in Detroit and she was happy for me and said, “We’ll make it work.”

Q: How was the relocation to Detroit?

A: I am from Tennessee so I am already five hours from home and then I was going to move to Detroit which was eight hours away from St. Louis. I knew my mom would miss me, but she was so supportive. FCA reimbursed me for my travel to Detroit and they found and paid for housing, which prevented a lot of stress on my part.

Q: Did you know anyone there?

A: There was only one other Webster University intern, Ellie Waggoner, and while I didn’t know her beforehand we became friends. We made up 2 of 400 interns. In my department, IT, there were 19 of us.

Q: How was your internship experience?

A: We had a lot of internship events for the entire class and exclusively to our department. IT got to go on three plant tours and after I asked for a tour of the data center we got to do that too. We did Ride and Drives, and for all the car fans out there: we learned how to drive manual in a 124 Spider. A profession driver drove us in the Hell Cat where we went up to 160 mph, which was terrifying. There were lots of car shows we were able to attend also.

I made a lot of friends with the interns in engineering so I had a friends outside of my department too. Some of the engineers would bring home 2018 model year cars to test drive, so I know what driving a “good” car, and one that no one else has been able to drive feels like! Never thought that was something I would know, but it’s a lot different than driving my own car.

I also got to travel Michigan with fellow interns. It was like we took weekend vacations, we went to the Michigan “beaches” which I didn’t know existed, but they were beautiful. My boyfriend also came to visit me and we had a great time except for a tipped over canoe that resulted in no phone GPS to get us back home. It ended up being a funny experience! I miss the friends I made there a lot.

Q: What does the future look like?

A: I have accepted a full time position as a manufacturing support analyst. I will be living in metro Detroit. Because of FAC’s awesome employee benefits, I’ll be buying my dream car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It will have to have snow tires since I will be in Michigan. It’s really nice not to have to worry about what I am going to do after graduation. It was the best decisions to accept the internship, but at the time it was also the hardest. I’ve played soccer my entire life and I would either play it my senior year or have an internship in Detroit. Clearly I accepted the internship and while I am sure many people didn’t understand it was what was best for my future, and it paid off. I joined the tennis team this fall through, so I was still able to be active in one way.

Q: What is your advice to students?

A: Well, this is tough, but I honestly started planning for my future pretty early on. I would talk to Brenda (Dr. Brenda Boyce, Associate Professor in the Math & Computer Science Department) about career options that were right for me. She has done so much for me throughout my entire college career. I owe a lot to her and “Marty” (Dr. Martha Smith, Chair and Professor in the Math & Computer Science Department) I guess I would summarize it to getting to know your professors, not getting discouraged, and be honest and open to find the right fit for yourself. Honesty is really important when choosing a career, because you won’t last long if you change yourself to fit a career. I was honest with my professors, recruiters, and myself which has led me to find the perfect fit.

 

 

DigiGirlz – Women in STEM

On October 3, 2017, in Events, St. Louis Business Community, by Walker News

Volunteers at the St. Louis Digigirlz Event

On September 26, 2017, Microsoft hosted an event at the St. Louis Science Center called DigiGirlz, which is a Microsoft YouthSpark program. Microsoft states that DigiGirlz “gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.” Throughout the day, the girls had the opportunity to listen to women who are technology executives, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn with hands-on experience in workshops. The workshops gave the girls an opportunity to work in groups and created wearable devices that solved a specific problem.

The event had a great turnout, including 165 girls, 51 schools, 32 chaperones, 42 invited guests, and 45 Microsoft volunteers. Several Gorloks from the Walker School of Business & Technology made an appearance and an impact. The women of Webster who attended include: Simone Cummings, Dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology, Martha Smith, Chair of the Mathematics & Computer Science Department, Tanja Vidic, Jasmine Lich, and Jennifer Brainerd who are undergraduates from the Computer Science department, and Katy Meyer, Graduate Assistant for the Walker School and International Relations (MA), ’18. These women were invited to the event by Webster alum, Chad Lich, Computer Science (BS) who now works for Microsoft. Dr. Cummings said that she was proud to extend the support of the Walker School because, “I’m interested in helping girls learn more about careers in business and STEM fields.”

DigiGirlz by Microsoft

During a portion of the day called “Women in Technology Networking Session,” Webster’s volunteers had the opportunity to eat lunch with the young girls and talk about how to market themselves and work on personal branding. They talked about what they wanted to be known for and how they could accomplish that goal. The volunteers worked as personal mentors to the girls that they spoke with, and helpedto guide them based on their passions and interests. Meyer’s advice to her table was to encourage them to pursue their passions, but be open to change. The other women also provided advice on how to work on their goals and become the women they want to be. Dean Cummings said, “We were all asked to tell the girls something we wanted them to know going forward.  I told the girls at my table that the one pearl of wisdom I would give would be to develop a plan for moving forward because if you don’t have a plan, it’s really difficult to achieve your goals.”

The women from Webster were proud to represent the Walker School, offering perspective to young girls looking to join STEM careers, and they hope to see more events like this in the future.

 

Alex Brosseau, BS Accounting completed an internship at Centene Corporation this summer. Here he answers some questions about his experience and talks about how the Webster University Career & Internship Fair helped him find his internship. 

 

Q: What is Centene? How would you describe it to fellow students?

A: Centene’s business model is focused entirely on providing affordable healthcare. The business centers on finding cheaper and more effective ways to improve the health of their community ‘one person at a time.’ Centene is a large corporate conglomerate that’s growing rapidly- they’re balancing this growth with being connected and representative of the communities they’re in.

 

Q: What was your internship at Centene?

A: Internship- Financial Planning and Investments (FR&A.) I worked on budgeting.

 

Q: How did you hear about Centene?

A: Last summer, I worked at Southside Early Start in the accounting department. Southside provides childcare, family resources such as counseling, and English as a second language training. I knew about Centene because they were financial supporters of the center. I knew they gave back to their community and were good corporate citizens.

 

Q: How did this translate to an internship?

A: I met Centene recruiters at the Career Planning and Development Fall Internship Fair. The campus recruiters were very pleasant and they set up several interviews pretty quickly. After the interview call backs, I was able to choose from two internships.

 

Q: How was the internship program experience at Centene?

A: I was one of 100 interns, one of four from Webster University. The program was incredible. Every day I learned something, because the company made learning easy and available. There was also an awesome speaker series. Every week we would meet with a C-suite executive, such as the Director of Marketing. My biggest take away was seeing the pathways to those careers as visible and attainable. Also the intern class spent an evening in the Centene Cardinals Box.

 

Q: What is one takeaway you received from Centene?

A: I met all kinds of people. Coworkers can become your friends and they can make work fun. My co-workers had all sorts of interesting hobbies and they were happy to take me out to lunch. It was a great workplace culture.

 

Q: Would you recommend the Centene Internship Program?

A: I would highly recommend Centene to students. They can challenge you, teach you, and you will have tangible actions and items that you accomplish throughout the internship. I am an ambassador for the program at Webster University, which means I offer the student to student perspective anytime a recruiter is on campus.

 

Q: What are you involved in at Webster University?

A: I am the Accounting Club President, a Student Ambassador, member of Chain-link Improv, and play Ultimate Frisbee when I have the time.

 

Q: How did you apply what you have learned in college to the workplace?

A: Time management as a student is different, but transferable. When in the workplace, you work 8-5 and all of that time is spent working and thinking. But when you are finished with the day, you are done for the day.

 

Q: What does the future look like after graduation?

A: I have received an offer from Centene. I will give it a lot of consideration, but I also don’t want to make a final decision now.

 

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2017 SAP Student Recognition Awards

On May 2, 2017, in Academics, by Walker News

On Thursday April 27, 2017, 14 Walker Students, including 12 graduates and 2 undergraduates received the SAP Student Recognition Award through the SAP University Alliance Program. Certificates were presented by the Walker School’s Interim Dean, Dr. Thomas Johnson.  Faculty from the SAP Systems Integration Group including Rich Dippel, Dr. Run Nui and Dr. Ali Ovlia were also in attendance to agknowledge the hard work of their students. Student recognized include:

2017 SAP Student Recognition Award Recipients

  • Zainab Ajanaku
  • David Bommarito
  • Lauren Bommarito
  • Travis Butler
  • Ashwin Jayaram
  • Victoria Johnson
  • Tenzin Lama
  •  Angela Long
  • Kinjal Patel
  • Jason Reynolds
  • David Rhodes
  • Mitra Ruzi
  • Dina Sallam
  • Emily Stahlscmidt

This is the second year that Walker students have earned this special award as a result of the specialized coursework that they completed in the ERP with SAP Graduate Certificate and the BS in Business Analytics. This coursework includes curriculum that helps students gain an understanding of how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic, tactical, and operational decision making, with skills that can add immediate value to the marketplace. Students gain a basic understanding of the SAP system and will be experienced in master data creation and transaction processing using SAP.  These are highly desirable skills, particularly for careers in business analysis and accountancy.

 

 

For more information on the SAP University Alliance Program and the requirements for the SAP Student Recognition Award, visit webster.edu/SAP.

 

As Walker School students are finishing up the last two weeks of the Spring semester, an important task still remains: filling out End of Course Surveys. Student feedback on a course is an invaluable tool that helps instructors and departments make decisions for program improvements. This ensures that the overall learning experience for our students remains positive and accomplishes the outcomes that we expect.

Completing an End of Course Survey is easy: just go to evaluation.webster.edu on any internet-enabled device (including your smartphone or tablet) and enter your Connections username and password. From there, you will see a list of your Walker School courses. It only takes about 10-15 minutes, and you can do this at any time during the evaluation period, which will close at midnight on Sunday, May 14.

Students are encouraged to provide open and honest feedback about their learning experiences. End of Course Surveys are conducted online through a third party so that they remain absolutely anonymous; student identities are not tied to surveys in any way, and results are not released to faculty until after grades have been entered.

Added Incentive for Webster Groves Students

While the rate of student participation has been acceptable, we are always looking for ways to improve it. So, as a pilot test, we are offering students at the Webster Groves campus an added incentive to fill out their End of Course Surveys. After completing the survey, students will have the option of entering a drawing for one of several prizes.

At the close of the survey period, we will choose five winners who will be able to pick one of the following prizes:

Samsung Gear VR; Fire 8 Tablet; Roku with Remote

  • Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset
  • Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8” HD Display, 16 GB storage
  • Roku Premiere Streaming Media Player
  • Fitbit Flex 2
  • Amazon Echo Dot with Voice Remote
  • Magic Bullet NutriBullet High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

 

 

 

Entering the drawing is voluntary, and the information provided for the drawing is not tied to survey responses in any way. Prize winners will be notified via email after March 12, which is the closing date for Spring 1 surveys.

 

Zubair Meo, MA, Human Resources Management; Walker School Graduate Assistant

What is your position?

I work as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean’s office at the Walker School.

What have you learned at the Walker school?

When I first started my job, I was given the task to manage/organize an event. It was somewhat new to me, and I had to do things that I have not done before. It was a challenge and I had to ask my supervisors about the things I did not know and they were kind enough to help me with my questions. I did make mistakes in managing the event but the good thing was that after the event my supervisor explained them to me on how to get it done the next time. It was a learning experience for me and I always am ready to take criticism in a positive way to improve myself. The next event I did manage/organize was a success and my supervisors were satisfied and praised me for my work which gave me motivation to do better the next time.

Favorite part of the job 

Everything I do over here is wonderful, to name one is that I can be creative with my work and if I have any ideas on how to do things differently or organize an event for students professional development, those ideas are always welcomed by my supervisors and they empower me to go ahead with them, which in return helps me grow as a professional and is a sign that my voice is being heard. Students that I work with during my job are wonderful, always ready to help, which makes me come to work every day with motivation.

Meo at a meeting of the St. Louis HRMA with Walker School faculty and staff.

What advice do you have for other grad students?

My advice would be to network as much as you can in society, it’s not always easy to network but an effort a day can make a difference. Walker School and Webster University in general provide numerous opportunities to network with the professionals working in the corporate world. I try to attend as many events as possible which gives me the opportunity to network with students, professors, Webster staff, and our guests who are here to drop their knowledge for us students to grab and learn. I once read a beautiful quote and I try to practice it in my daily life: “Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet”.

How have you been able to utilize your specialty skills (photography) into the job?

I have been really fortunate at Webster University for the fact that I was given the opportunity to showcase my photography skills right from the beginning of my degree (M.A. Human Resources Management) and was able to find a part-time job too with the Photographer Services of Webster University. At my job I was also given the opportunity to photograph events, students interacting in the classes, and they were used for publications as well.